Sunday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

Good morning! It’s the birthday of philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724), eccentric actor-director John Waters (1946) and a curiously large number of footballers.

It’s also the London Marathon today and KV Switzer is running.

In the cat portion of this post, another cat has succumbed to Maru Syndrome.

A toasted marshmallow (AKA Gus)


And a cat for sale.

Typical indeed.

Finally, on to Poland where Hili is strategising.

Hili: I have to hide.
A: Why?
Hili: So I could jump out suddenly.

In Polish:

Hili: Muszę się schować.
Ja: Dlaczego?
Hili: Żeby potem nagle wyskoczyć.



Hat-tip: Heather, Taskin, Gethyn


  1. glen1davidson
    Posted April 22, 2018 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    I. Kant believe it’s his birthday.

    The categorical imperative made me write that.

    Glen Davidson

  2. John S
    Posted April 22, 2018 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    Maru Syndrome:

    Is there something in the glue (or other processing chemicals) use to make cardboard boxes that is a cat attractant?

    In chaos theory terms, a “strange attractor”?

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted April 22, 2018 at 9:46 am | Permalink

      Especially boxes with Japanese writing on the exterior.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted April 22, 2018 at 11:09 am | Permalink

      Cardboard boxes & cats: It’s selection bias by human observers – we peeps tend to have a lot of boxes about the place at times & most of them are cardboard. Kitties also enjoy other less common enclosures such as gaps in the bookshelf or a nice bowl-shaped bathroom sink or a Tesco display shelf.

      Reasons for enclosure:
      ** Domestic cat comfort zone is 86-97°F [30-36°C] around 20°F greater than our own zone & poor kitty is close to the ground where all the draughts hang out. When there’s a blazing sun through a window kitty forgets about boxes entirely & sprawls in the sunbeam no matter how much people traffic & other disturbance there are. Domestic cats like being high too & I think that’s also mainly about draughts, plus the air is significantly warmer away from the floor
      ** It’s said that cats like enclosures because solitude/stress relief & ambush predator instincts, but I don’t think it’s top of their list – give ’em sun & they’ll lie exposed anywhere that’s hot.

    • David Coxill
      Posted April 22, 2018 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

      My cats like to sleep in the washing up bowl .
      And i have a photo of one of them hiding behind my books in a deep book case .

  3. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted April 22, 2018 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    The cat statue nearly made me choke on my morning coffee. Nice one!

  4. philfinn7
    Posted April 22, 2018 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Katherine Switzer is amazing. At 71 she is a year older than I. I could not run 500 yards. And what an inspiration to young sportspeople, especially women, everywhere.

  5. loren russell
    Posted April 22, 2018 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    It took another 5 years (1972) til Boston Marathon caved and allowed women to race officially.

    A friend, Louise Parsons, grew up in Philadelphia and now lives in corvallis, ran track in high school and college. She says she ran in, and completed, the BM a year or two after Switzer. She got her bib as “Lou” X, wore baggy sweats and hair under a watch cap. She says she wasn’t the only lady in the field. I surmise that someone arranged to detain Jock at a local bar.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted April 22, 2018 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

      I find it deeply shocking that women were officially kept out of the Boston Marathon until so late a date.

  6. Posted April 23, 2018 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    o/~ How much is the catty in the window? …

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